CEO Message & Holiday Closure Information: Veterans’ Day, November 10, 2023

CEO Message & Holiday Closure Information: Veterans’ Day, November 10, 2023

November 7, 2023

Dear Melwood Family,

Millions of Americans have served our country and, far too often, returned from duty with service-related injuries, some of which are visible, but many of which are not.
Securing meaningful employment under these conditions can be challenging.

Finding “peace with the past, through power in the present” is a guiding idea that inspires me and has been the foundational principle of how we work with veterans.
We help disabled veterans build a stable career and secure meaningful employment, either as a contract employee on one of the Federal contracts that Melwood
manages or with a position in the private sector. In addition, veterans receive workforce development training through our AbilIT and Building Paths program and,
upon completion, work in the IT/tech or skilled trades fields.

In honor of Veterans’ Day, the Prince George’s County, Charles County, and Arlington County campuses will be closed on Friday, November 10th; however, CSD programming on all campuses will remain open. Contract Employees should contact their site supervisors if there are questions regarding  the closure. 
We want to ensure that Melwood fulfills its obligations to the sites we support.

I hope that you and your family have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday!


Warmest regards,

Larysa Kautz

About Melwood

Melwood is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in the country, employing more than 1,600 workers – nearly 1,000 of whom are people with disabilities. Melwood offers job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to more than 2,500 people each year in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Melwood also has an inclusive summer camp program for children and provides employment and support services to veterans and active-duty military members who have experienced service-related trauma or injury. For more information, visit

Media Inquiries

Jewelyn Cosgrove
Vice President of Government and Public Relations
O: 240-846-3952
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